Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To conceal (one's intentions, for example) under a feigned appearance. synonym: disguise.
  • intransitive verb To conceal one's true feelings or intentions.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To simulate the contrary of; cause to appear different from the reality.
  • Synonyms Simulate, Disguise, etc. See dissemble.
  • To practise dissimulation; make pretense; feign.
  • Dissembling; feigning.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To dissemble; to feign; to pretend.
  • adjective obsolete Feigning; simulating; pretending.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive To practise deception by concealment or omission or by feigning a false appearance.
  • verb transitive To hide or disguise by adopting a false appearance.
  • verb transitive, rare To connive at; to wink at; to pretend not to notice.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb hide (feelings) from other people

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English dissimulaten, from Latin dissimulāre, dissimulāt- : dis-, dis- + simulāre, to simulate; see simulate.]

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